Thursday, 21 January 2021

Citations Needed Ep. 128: The “Healing” Con — How Warm and Fuzzy Appeals for Unity Are Used to Protect Power

quote [ Nima: “Biden Calls For Hope And Healing In Speech,” NPR writes. “Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls for return to Sept. 11 unity,” says The Chicago Tribune. After the 2014 Ferguson unrest CNN headline read, quote, “Obama: Now is the time for peace, healing.” The San Diego Union-Tribune has told us, quote, “Filmmaker Ken Burns aims for healing with new documentary about Vietnam War.” Everywhere we turn columnists, celebrities, pundits, and politicians are insisting we have “unity,” we “come together,” promote “peace” and, of course, work to “heal” our divisions.

Adam: On its face these concepts sound fine enough, I mean, who doesn’t like peace? Unity sounds great, who wouldn’t want to heal wounds? After all, wounds are bad. But in the majority of political contexts, these warm and fuzzy buzzwords rush past the messy and difficult work of justice, substantive change, or reparations and get straight to the part where everyone just feels good about themselves. ]

Citations Needed is back for 2021, great listen. Mod, comment, watchlist for more great content and be sure to smash that something button because this whole bit has gotten away from me.
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knumbknutz said @ 10:42pm GMT on 21st Jan [Score:2 Underrated]
Screw that healing bullshit - Congress has over a hundred trumpshits in it right now, several of which were caught red-handed giving reconnaissance tours to the same people that laid the siege to the Capitol building, the fucking day before it happened. Some were even tweeting directions on how to get to the congressional members that were hunkered down while the mob was busy smearing shit and piss on the walls.

Fuck them - traitors do not get to fail in an attempted coup, and then get to dictate the terms of their punishment. Even Mitch McConnell is ready to throw all these cocksuckers to a military tribunal for treason. After everyone see's what happens to these traitorous pieces of shit, we can work on that healing crap. Right now these flaming bags of dogsnot started a civil war, and the US government needs to finish it, or we are going to end up in the same exact place in 2024, and most likely with someone who is NOT a lazy, stupid, incompetent, piece of moose-spooge.

And while we are fucking things right now - fuck the San Diego Union Tribune. That rag is so conservative, they only deliver it to people that live on the right hand side of the street.
monopoler said @ 9:05am GMT on 22nd Jan [Score:1 Funsightful]
The healing metaphor works, but you have to go all in. Excise the tumors and burn the rest out with chemotherapy and radiation so they never can return. Healing is never a totally peaceful process. It always hurts, and it often requires killing invaders and removing and managing dysfunctional cells and organs.
rylex said @ 11:31pm GMT on 21st Jan
never fear knumbknutz, for 3 rights make a left
ComposerNate said[1] @ 2:29pm GMT on 22nd Jan [Score:1 Informative]
I've been following another podcast Citation Needed with a group of friends who overview an interesting Wikipedia article with added jokes and info, kind of like The Dollop, also do atheist and politics podcasts
conception said @ 9:49pm GMT on 21st Jan - so much healing and unity.

At least she's calling him President. That's progress I guess.
mechavolt said[1] @ 11:45pm GMT on 21st Jan
In order to heal, the tumor needs to be cut out. In order to be united, we must excise the part of us that does not wish the body to be whole. This piece is right on the money, "healing and unity" just mean "let's go back to 5 years ago". It's the easy answer. It's the answer that preserves the status quo of those who were in control 5 years ago. It is flawed position though, because the same environment that caused them to lose control 5 years ago is still there. knumbknutz is right, if justice is not served, we will end up in 2024 right where we were in 2016, except with someone who actually knows what they're doing. And when Margaret Atwood is proven a prophet, the blame can be laid at the feet of the people who called for "healing and unity".

EDIT: Also major props to these guys for posting a transcript alongside their audio. Heroes.
yunnaf said @ 12:26pm GMT on 22nd Jan

First half of this article

Even if this is the end of Trump, Trumpism is not finished with us.

Joe Biden’s swearing-in Wednesday was the restoration after the insurrection. But the incitement and intolerance will persist.

Donald Trump embodied it, but he also emboldened the enablers. They will persevere until they prevail.

How to defend democracy in America — and everywhere?

We must not merely identify the enemy but define the problem. We have seen the enemy and it is us — the people — for it is the proverbial voting public that can put the worst people in power.

The challenge is to save us from ourselves — we the people. Winston Churchill — an exponent of democracy if not always an exporter in colonial times — famously mused, “Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

Can we make it better? For it is not enough to demand better of our leaders, or their enablers, if we do not first remake ourselves into better electors — meaning better informed.

The precursor for the American insurrection was the incitement. But the prerequisite for the incitement was ignorance.
U.S. pollsters tend, today, to distinguish between college-educated voters and those who aren’t. But education, intelligence and ignorance are different things.

There is no shortage of well-educated voters who blindly — ignorantly — supported Trump to the end. Equally, an abundance of intelligent and deeply religious Americans believed themselves ethical while supporting an unethical and unbelievable president.

The clever and the devout are as prone as anyone to conflating righteousness with wrong-headedness and pigheadedness. So let us not make the same mistake of confusing the issue.

Demoralizing as it was to watch the Washington attackers and inciters, it was their supporters in the heartland who were no less dangerous and surely more insidious. Look beyond the mob, for many in the mainstream backed them from the start — beginning with Trump’s birtherism, ending with his insurrectionism.

There will always be a fringe, not unlike those who believe Elvis is still alive, but beware when the outliers become influencers and insiders — wielding power or toppling it. The mob was made up of zombies and zealots, but they share the views of two-thirds of Republicans who believe the election was stolen, and share the same voting preferences as the more than 74 million Americans who endorsed Trump at the ballot box.

The antidote to anti-democratic impulses cannot merely be to call up more troops, root out bad recruits, arrest more insurrectionists and impeach an ex-president. To get better leaders we need better voters.
lethalflatulence said @ 4:43am GMT on 23rd Jan
Does Sept. 11 unity mean they're gonna seal team six Trump and his buddies? Because I could get down with that.

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